-ance, -ancy

(Latin: often through French, quality or state of; being; condition; act or fact of _______ ing; a suffix that forms nouns)

variance (s) (noun), variances (pl)
1. A change that takes place or occurs in something: The variance of the interest rate on Steven’s savings account at the bank showed 1,0% in January and only 0.5% in June!
2. The difference between two or more things: Joe and his wife noticed a variance in the quality of fabric of the curtains they were interested in buying; one was very thin, translucent, and light weight; while the other one was heavier, quite densely woven, and kept the daylight out.
3. A disagreement of ideas or attitudes: The building project was being delayed because of variances of opinions between the supervisors about how to proceed to the next phase.
4. An official decision or document which allows a person to do something that is not normally allowed in legal procedures: Mario had to obtain a variance from the court to connect a garage onto his house.

If there is evidence by a plaintiff which does not agree with the allegations by legal authorities, it is considered to be a legal variance.

5. Etymology: from French via Latin variatia, "a difference, a diversity"; from variantem, "a change".
A discord and a lack of harmony because of disagreements.
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A different opinion or a dispute about an issue.
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vengeance (VEN juhns) (s) (noun), vengeances (pl)
1. Infliction of punishment in return for a wrong committed; retribution: Angry protestors in the country want to inflict vengeance on the president for sending snipers to shoot and to kill so many rebels who were demonstrating against the government.

Henry attacked his sister's husband to get vengeance for her murder.

2. With great force or effort: The winter storm struck with a vengeance, destroying many trees and homes.

Sharon set to work with a vengeance and finished her assignment in three hours instead of the usual eight hours.

3. Etymology: from Anglo-French vengeaunce, Old French vengeance, "revenge"; from vengier, "to take revenge"; from Latin vindicare, "to set free, to claim, to avenge".
Punishment inflicted in return for an offense or injury.
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The state or condition of being a veteran.
vigilance (s) (noun), vigilances (pl)
1. A condition, or a process, of paying close and continuous attention by being observant, very careful, and alert to notice things; especially, of something that might be dangerous: The police arrested thirteen men as vigilance increased before the Olympic Games started.
2. Etymology: from Latin vigilantia, from vigilare, "to keep awake".
voidance (s) (noun), voidances (pl)
1. The act of depriving a contract of legal force.
2. The process of making something empty.
3. A situation of having no incumbent or occupant; such as, when there is no bishop in a diocese.
4. Evasion; subterfuge.